Hello, My name is Stewart Fleming and I live in the beautiful English Lake District from where I run Famous Fox Publishing, a small independent printer/publisher of books on Biblical exegesis and interpretation from a Conservative Evangelical perspective, but which I hope will be interesting and helpful to readers from other traditions and beliefs also.
I think my books are characterised by a recognition of the importance for exegesis and interpretation of four distinguishing, if somewhat overlapping, features: 1) a structural approach to passages of Scripture – both singly and inter-textually (for example, word counts, chiasms and inter-textual structural patterns), 2) an awareness of the validity and importance of typology, 3) a Christological emphasis and 4) the spiritual interpretation of Scripture – by which I mean (approximately!) attempting to interpret the Old Testament Scriptures in the same sorts of ways as done, paradigmically, by the New Testament writers: that is, that they have their fulfilment in Christ and the Church. All these books embrace a broadly “New Covenant Theology” perspective.
I currently have four books on Biblical interpretation, listed below, and they are all available from amazon.co.uk (which has further details of each book) or I will be delighted to supply them privately – please contact me for details of this.
1) The Righteousness of God in 2 Corinthians 5:21
Author: Stewart Fleming, 124 pages
This book is basically a defence of N. T. Wright’s (controversial!) interpretation of the expression “The Righteousness of God” as it occurs in the famous verse 2 Cor. 5:21. It does so largely by means of a detailed structural analysis of 2 Cor. 5:18- 2 Cor 6:4. The book thus makes a small (but nevertheless, I hope, helpful) contribution to the current debates on the New Perspective on Paul, and it attempts, albeit briefly, to set the above result within that wider context. The book is beautifully presented with many full colour diagrams.
2) & 3) The North Galatian Hypothesis Volumes 1 and 2 – who St. Paul wrote to and why it matters for us today.
Author: Stewart Fleming
(For technical reasons to do with the limitations in binding equipment, this book of approx. 250 pages in total has been produced in two volumes of approx. 125 pages each.)
The author undertook a detailed investigation into the controversial question regarding the identity of the recipients of Paul’s famous letter to the Galatians with, initially, no views or preferences regarding the respective claims of the North or South Galatian Hypotheses. As a result of this detailed analysis of the Biblical, archaeological and historical data, as well as a review of the history of the debate so far, the author came to the conclusion that the evidence pointed overwhelmingly in favour of the North Galatian Hypothesis and this two volume book is the result! This conclusion is in contrast to the widespread acceptance of the South Galatian hypothesis in many Evangelical circles and so the reasoning behind this conclusion is carefully described and consideration is given to the ramifications of this result, if accepted, for the interpretation of Galatians – since much of the interpretation of Paul’s message to the Galatians depends on whether he was writing to the Gentiles of North Galatia or to the mixed Jewish-Gentile churches of the South. Again, this view regarding the importance of the identity of the recipients of Galatians for its interpretation is in contrast to the view of many Evangelicals.
The two volumes together include many detailed chiastic analyses of passages in both Acts and Galatians, and are beautifully presented.
4) Biblical Chiasms in the Interpretation of Scripture
Author: Stewart Fleming, 130pages.
This book introduces Biblical chiasms by means of six essays each of which looks at a well-known phrase or passage from the Bible, and shows how the interpretation of the verse is enhanced by a consideration of the chiastic structure or structures within which it is embedded. The texts/passages chosen for consideration are : “Do not cast your pearls before swine”, “Peace be still!”, “He giveth His beloved sleep”, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus”, “If a man will not work, let him not eat” and finally, the 153 fishes in John’s Gospel.
The book is beautifully presented with many full colour diagrams and illustrations.